• Parenting,  Personal Growth

    How To Help Your Kids Understand Your Mental Health

    Hey guys!  It’s Mental Health Awareness Week.  This means that around the country, conversations are happening about mental illness, mental health, and what to do to get from one to the other.  This is obviously great!  As a society, we’re learning to talk to each other about the hard stuff.  The stigma and silence that previously isolated those of us struggling is starting to shift. Now, say what you want about social media, but I honestly feel that it’s played a major role in helping this movement.  Yes, it has contributed to the increase in mental illness as well.  Feeling that everyone else is doing better than you can definitely…

  • Parenting

    Super Easy Fine Motor Skills Activity For Toddlers

    Hey beautiful people! You know how sometimes you just need something quick, easy, and safe to entertain your toddler while you eat/drink your coffee/rush around tidying/have five minutes to hold on to your sanity? Well, I definitely know how that goes! Today, however, I stumbled across a wee gem in the toddler-entertainment field. Like all good projects, this activity only uses three items you’ll likely find lying around your house! Winning! What you’ll need: Cotton balls Tongs (I gave Hunter two different sizes) Muffin tray …and a toddler! 😉 All you do is show your wee cherub how to use the tongs, and pop a couple cotton balls into the…

  • How To's,  Parenting,  Personal Growth,  Relationships

    How To Meet Other People & Make Awesome New Friends

    Hey, you sweet thing! Parenthood can be lonely, especially if your pre-children friends are still, well… pre-children. Whilst some of us are lucky that our social groups quite happily accommodate for our wild offspring, many parents are left spending more time with the parents on Peppa Pig than other real-life adults. This isn’t just the stay-at-homers either; even when working, your social interactions may be limited, so even though you’re surrounded by people you might still be lonely. I don’t think I need to tell you how sucky being lonely is. And how, the longer you’ve gone without meeting people, the more difficult and freaking terrifying the thought of trying…

  • Personal Growth

    How To Find Your Inner Strength

    I was lying awake in bed the other night with a phrase stuck in my head: “It’s no coincidence the words ‘struggle’ and ‘strength’ have the same beginning but completely different endings” – so I thought we should explore that further. It’s easy to look at “strong” people and think “wow, I wish I had it easy like them” or “I wish I had their confidence” or “they’re so brave, I could never be like that”. But actually, strong people have struggles, they have insecurities, they have anxiety. We only see other people’s outer selves. I remember once when I wasn’t in a good headspace someone said to me “I…

  • Parenting,  Personal Growth,  Uncategorized

    Why I Blog

    Hello from the other side! I’m sorry it’s been a while lovelies. I’m not actually why I stopped writing proper posts – I just sort of got caught up in life. I struggled a bit mentally towards the end of last year, so thought I’d take a break over the festive season to spend time with my family and just regroup but then never really picked the ball back up. Writing is like any art or exercise – it’s easier to do if it’s a habit, if it’s done regularly. You need to be in the right head space, and I started getting blank page syndrome – then started doubting…

  • How To's,  Parenting,  Personal Growth

    Why Doing Chores Is Actually Self Care

    I’ve always hated chores. I’ll do them eventually (and verrry begrudgingly), but honestly, they have always been something that just makes me go… Ugh. With the exception of folding washing (because I can do that while watching Say Yes to the Dress!), chores are the bane of my life. Especially bloody dishes. I hate doing the dishes – which is really bad, considering I have a dish washer. But even though I have a strong dislike for housework and chores, I’ve realised recently how much more I dislike having a cluttered, messy house. I know everyone has different levels of liveable mess – and mine is quite relaxed – but…

  • Parenting

    Sleep & The City

    Ah, sleep. Where for bloody art thou?! I knew that when I posted recently that Littlest Man had started to fall asleep with a cuddle instead of a boob that I’d jinxed it; the few nights following felt like he was attached more than not.   It’s easy to stress about sleep.  Too little, too much, at what time, for how long, in what position, with what help… There’s just so much to worry about and lose sleep over (Pun alert!! Sorry… I must be overtired 😉).  It doesn’t help that sleep seems to be one of the first things you’re questioned (or warned) about as a parent.  “Does he sleep?”…

  • GlowMama Discovers,  Parenting

    Discover: Wellington Museum & Frank Kitts Playground

    Hey mamas! In our weekends we love to get out as a family and head to different places for a change of scenery and to hopefully create some awesome experiences and memories for the kids – as I’m sure you guys do too! I love discovering new places, and am constantly amazed at all the hidden gems around our city (and country) – sometimes they’re places everyone else seems to know about except me, other times they really are well hidden!  Anyway, I thought it’d be cool to do little write ups of the places we go to hopefully promote them a bit and share our finds with you –…

  • Personal Growth,  Relationships

    LOVE (in real life)

    Love is a wonderful thing. I consider myself so incredibly lucky to have found such a strong connection with someone, to have found my soul mate – in fact, before I met him, I didn’t actually “believe” in soul mates, so this meeting brought a huge shift in the way I viewed love. However, as I’ve talked about before, having kids changes a relationship.  The relationship isn’t necessarily better or worse, it’s just different.  Life gets busier, time seems to fly by, and the time that used to be spent simply bonding with your other half is now often few and far between.  In tiredness and hunger, words can become harsher,…

  • Relationships

    THE FLOAT THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

    As you may have seen on my Facebook or Instagram pages, I recently got engaged.  I thought I’d share with you the amazing way my fiancé proposed, because it was truly special! The Float I recently won two floats at FloatWell, which was exciting because I’d been dying to try one for ages; but like everything else, it fell under the “one day, when I get a chance…” category.  So when I won the vouchers to float with a friend, it was the perfect opportunity to try it out – and because they had an expiry date, I couldn’t procrastinate any longer. For those who haven’t heard of floating, it’s where you float in a pod…